Microsoft Is Looking Into Buying Discord For $10 Billion

Dis­cord is explor­ing its options for a sale that could be worth more than $10 bil­lion, as Ven­ture­Beat has report­ed. Bloomberg has addi­tion­al­ly stat­ed that Microsoft is one of the com­pa­nies involved in talks to acquire Dis­cord. It is pos­si­ble that Dis­cord will go pub­lic rather than sell to a larg­er company.

Sources quot­ed by Ven­ture­Beat claim the poten­tial sale comes due to inter­est expressed by sev­er­al par­ties. One per­son has claimed that Dis­cords is in final nego­ti­a­tions with one par­ty, and has signed an exclu­sive acqui­si­tion dis­cus­sion. A Bloomberg source said Dis­cord reached out to Microsoft to gauge inter­est, with Phil Spencer sup­pos­ed­ly in talks with the gam­ing chat company.

Those famil­iar with the mat­ter said Epic Games and Ama­zon have also been involved in dis­cus­sions to buy Dis­cord in the past, although it’s unclear if nego­ti­a­tions with them are still going.

Dis­cord has had a big year, after it rebrand­ed from a game-focused app to one that wel­comed all com­mu­ni­ties that need­ed an online space to chat. By the end of 2020, Dis­cord raised $140 mil­lion from investors, after get­ting a val­u­a­tion of $7 billion.

The com­pa­ny has acknowl­edged that as of 2020 that are still not prof­itable, mean­ing an IPO (ini­tial pub­lic offer­ing) is under devel­oped at this point.

Dis­cord has pre­vi­ous­ly been through acqui­si­tion talks in 2018, with poten­tial sales being rescind­ed due to Dis­cord want­i­ng to pro­tect inter­nal val­ues. Many buy­ers want­ed to change the plat­form in big ways, like adding advertising–something the com­pa­ny has been avoiding. 

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